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ABC Online Concerts

Like so many other events, ABC had to cancel our 2020 camp due to the danger posed by the Covid 19 pandemic. To mark the occasion that ABC would have taken place we sponsored an online concert featuring our 2020/2021 faculty via "Zoom" on Sunday evening, Sept. 13.
Watch this spot for future online concert offerings.

ABC Online Workshops

ABC sponsors a series of workshops in topics relating to bluegrass banjo, old-time banjo and potentially other instruments featured at ABC, (e.g. bass, guitar, fiddle, mandolin). Workshops are one hour and fifteen minutes in length, and are broadcast over Zoom. There are opportunities to ask questions and – to some extent - for instructors to monitor student progress individually. You can sign up for one or two workshops or sign up for a whole day of workshops.

At least for the moment we are alternating between Bluegrass Banjo and Old-Time Banjo workshops on the second Saturday of most months.


The next Bluegrass Banjo Worshops will probably be on May 8th and will include these teachers:

Past Workshops

We have video recordings and handouts from most of our past workshops. If you missed the workshops when they were first presented you can still see and hear them as well as read any handouts. Each workshop is approximately 75 minutes long. The cost is $20 per workshop.

To arrange for the video and any handouts from one or many past workshops, go to the miscellaneous payments web page, fill in your Name, Email, and the total Amount for your chosen workshop(s). Then in the Comments field list the teacher(s) and date(s) for the workshop(s) you want. When we get that payment we will email you the link(s) to the workshop(s) you chose. For further information about availability send us email: PeterSLangston@comcast.net

ABC Online Bluegrass Banjo Workshops
12/12/20Greg CahillPlaying in the Keys of C, D, and F
in G Tuning, without a Capo
12/12/20Gina FurtadoThe Art of Tasteful Backup
12/12/20Alan MundeUpgrade Your Lick Vocabulary.
Learn a Load of Licks in G, C, and D
12/12/20Jeff ScrogginsIntros & endings - Learn the Common Ones & How to Create Your Own
2/13/21Kristin Scott BensonThe Nuts and Bolts of Rolling Backup: How to Create Your Own Functional & Interesting Backup.
2/13/21Mike StahlmanEssential Scruggs Techniques for Right and Left Hands
2/13/21Alison BrownThe Art of Chord Melody Playing on 5-String
2/13/21Mike MunfordBlending Scruggs & Melodic Styles

ABC Online Old-Time Banjo Workshops
1/9/21Lukas PoolPlaying Melodies Up the Neck
in Double C Tuning
1/9/21Stephen WadeBanjo Portraits
1/9/21Ken PerlmanA Crooked Tunes Survival Kit
1/9/21Molly TenenbaumBanjoing a Fiddle Tune—Clawhammer
4/10/21Riley BaugusExploring Open D, or "Reuben" Tuning (f#DF#AD)
4/10/21Paul BrownSoul of the Banjo: the Core Characteristics and How to Bring Them Out
4/10/21Ken PerlmanBeyond the Galax Lick: the Arpeggio Technique in Clawhammer
4/10/21Allison de GrootUsing Chord Shapes as a Road Map for Melody Around the Neck

Please feel free to ask any questions about these new programs. We're finding ways to share and teach traditional music despite the limitations of the coronavirus pandemic. Email is welcome 24 hours a day (and may be answered at the strangest hours!) and phone questions are welcome in the afternoons and evenings. See the Contact Us page.

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